I know what you’re thinking, isn’t a little early to be thinking about New Years! I mean, really, we’re just getting ready to celebrate Thanks Giving, and I don’t know about you, but I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet! But, lets think about it in this way for a moment. What are we actually doing when we make a New Years resolution, aren’t we just setting a goal for ourselves for the new year? And, can’t we really do that at anytime? I mean, I don’t know about you, but one of my goals is to be able to pay my bills and still buy groceries. I’m sure we all can relate to that, right! So, what I’m trying to say is, that we all set goals for ourselves and as parents we tend to set certain goals for our children, as well, and not just on New Years.
So, lets talk about resolutions and goal setting. The one thing that I’ve noticed on New Years, well actually a day or two after, is that many people, apparently, make the resolution of getting in better shape, for the New Year. This is a wonderful goal for anyone, we all should be willing to be more physically active and make wiser, healthier food choices. But, too often, after joining a fitness facility or gym, many people will lose interest and eventually drop to the wayside. This is due to setting their goals or resolutions to high. After only a month or two the goal setter will become discouraged, unmotivated, and will simply vanish until next years resolution.
I truly don’t wish to see this happen to anyone. Fitness and overall health should be fun and exciting for everyone, not a painful, dull experience. It should also be everyone’s goal year round, not just once a year. So, anyway, here are some suggestions that may help this year’s resolution to be a little more successful.
First, if you truly are serious about your resolution, don’t just say it, write it down, and post it on the fridge or bathroom mirror.” Actions, truly, speak louder than words!” After you write the resolution down, find several people, (family members, close friends, etc.), and tell them your resolution, so that they might hold you accountable, and insure that you go through with your plan.
Second, consult your physician to insure your health and safety. Your physician may also be able to give you some recommendations to get you started. Or you may want to consult your local fitness professional to find the most effective way to achieve your resolution and get you the results you want from your program. Remember, commitment, consistency, and knowledge are the keys to unlocking your potential for success with your New Years resolution.
Finally, don’t forget,” Rome wasn’t built in a day!” Try to set small attainable goals, don’t start a fitness program thinking you’re going to be Arnold Schwarzenegger in a month or two. Or that you’re going to lose 30 pounds in the first week. Remember that weight loss of only 2 pounds per week is the safest way to lose weight. In other words be patient, anything worth having takes time and a lot of hard work. And above all else, never, ever give up, there are always other options to quitting. You’re not alone, if you need help or guidance, you can consult your physician or fitness professional. And feel free to contact me anytime you need help or advice, just don’t give up, I know you can do it!
So, here’s wishing you the utmost success in the up coming new year, and from my family to yours have a safe, healthy, and happy holidays!!
For questions or comments, contact Shannon H. Helton at 865-599-0162 or 423-487-4309 or E-mail at [email protected]

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